Research Assistant

Rockville , MD
Jul 17, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to support research in our Center for Transportation, Technology and Safety Research focus area. Researchers identify and address transportation and safety challenges through studies of vehicle occupant behavior, vehicle technology and safety, and travel behavior. Studies explore issues related to roadway users, occupant protection, vehicle automation and connectivity, travel patterns, and more. To view the work we do in Transportation, Technology and Safety Research visit our Focus Area at 

Job Responsibilities:
Support all stages of research study design, data collection and management, analysis, and report writing. 
•    Assist in data collection efforts, including:

•    Developing data collection instruments and protocols.
•    Recruiting and scheduling study participants.
•    Working with study participants.
•    Collecting data in driving simulator, laboratory, test track, and on-road settings.
•    Assisting with preparations for focus groups and large-scale field studies.

•    Conduct reviews of research literature and synthesize information for the specified topic.
•    Prepare data for analysis, including video coding, quality control review, and conducting preliminary analysis.
•    Contribute to writing and preparation of reports and articles for publication/presentation
•    Contribute to business development and writing proposals.

Basic Qualifications:
•    A bachelor's degree in psychology, social sciences or a related field is required. 

Minimum Qualifications:
•    Experience with MS Excel, Access, PowerPoint.
•    Possession of a driver's license and a driving record in good standing.
•    Occasional work on weekends and evenings is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience with statistical analysis software, including SAS, SPSS, and/or R.

Candidates must be detail-oriented, demonstrate strong written and oral communication, and possess effective time management and organizational skills. Be capable of problem-solving, taking initiative, effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and work well in a fast-pace

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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